Calendar of Events

On June 1, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) will hold a nationwide fundraising telethon with television broadcasts throughout the United States from 6 PM to midnight EST (3 to 9 PM PST). For details visit http://www.ancatelethon.org.   

New York/New Jersey

May 29, 7 PM, New York City. Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian, chair of the philosophy department at Southern Connecticut State University, will give a lecture at the Diocese’s Zohrab Information Center on “Resisting the Darkness: The Story of an Islamized Armenian Family in Marzovan (Armenia), 1915-1919.” Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

May 30-June 1, New York City. The Armenian Bar Association will hold its 25th Annual Meeting, beginning with a cocktail reception on May 30 at the Tufenkian Artisan Carpet New York Showroom. The New York City Armenian Bar Association organizing committee is also organizing a tour of the Court of International Trade and a visit to downtown Manhattan to be held earlier on Friday. The Board will hold its annual business meeting at the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the UN. May 31 CLE panels will take place at at Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.) and focus on Ethics in Social Media, to be presented by Stacy K. Marcus, a partner in the law firm of Reed Smith; the second session will feature Mark L. Movsesian, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Religion, St. John’s University School of Law, on the topic of “Human Rights Concerns of Mideast Christians.”  The third CLE session, “Ongoing Legal Efforts and Challenges to Preserve Armenian Antiquities and Cultural Property,” will be moderated by Mark A. Momjian, partner of Momjian Anderer, LLC, and include panelists Claire S. Kedeshian, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York; Anahid M. Ugurlayan, Senior Staff Attorney, National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus; and Yelena Ambartsumian, Law Clerk at Shaub, Ahumty, Citrin & Spratt LLP.   The Saturday keynote luncheon at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, will feature Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.  For more information, contact Gary Moomjian at [email protected]; Denise Darmanian at [email protected] or Lisa Boyadjian at [email protected]

June 1, noon-5 PM, Fair Lawn, N.J. St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn will host its annual picnic on church grounds. The menu will include chicken, lamb or luleh kebab with salad, boureg, and pilaf. The Michael Gostanian ensemble will perform. For more info call the church office at (201) 791-2862.

June 4, 8 PM, New York City. New York’s highly acclaimed Riverside Symphony conducted by George Rothman will feature violin virtuoso Haik Kazazyan on the orchestra’s forthcoming Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center concert. Sponsored by AGBU, with specially priced tickets at the Prime ($32) or Premium ($39) sections (normally $42 / $55).  Immediately following the performance, you may elect to attend a special meet-the-artist reception, with champagne and desserts, for an additional $75 per person (normally $95). All with discount code ‘RSAGBU’ when prompted. For tickets go to www.agbu.org or www.riversidesymphony.org.

June 7-8, Watervliet, N.Y.  The annual Armenian Festival on the scenic grounds of St. Peter Armenian Church at 100 Troy-Schenectady Rd., Watervliet in upstate New York (6 miles north of Albany). On June 7 from noon to 8 PM and on June 8 from noon to 5 PM. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy kebob meals, the John Berberian Ensemble, cooking demonstrations, Church tours, carnival games for children, and more during this weekend long event. For more info, contact the church office at 518-274-3673, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.stpeterarmenianchurch.com.

June 8, noon-6 PM, White Plains, N.Y. St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains will host its annual picnic with music by the John Vartan Ensemble, homemade Armenian mezze and pastries, luleh and chicken kebab, raffles, and other activities. For information call (914) 428-2595.

June 6 7:30 PM, New York City. St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will host “A Night Under the Stars” featuring the Huyser Music Ensemble on the cathedral plaza. The evening’s program-“Project 2 Clash”-will feature a “clash” of different musical instruments, talents, and genres, including Armenian pop and folk music, contemporary jazz, and Spanish guitar music. For more info visit www.huysermusic.org.

June 24, 7 PM, New York City. Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) will hold its annual summer cocktail party at the Dream Downtown Hotel. Details forthcoming. Contact Danielle Hacet at (212)-994-8212 or [email protected] for info.

New England

May 29, 6:30 PM, Cambridge, Mass. The Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, will host a “Friends of Holy Trinity 1000 Club Annual Spring Dinner and Drawing” with losh kebab and pilaf dinner followed by the monthly drawing and five additional cash prizes. For ticket information, call the church office at (617) 354-0632.

May 31, 11 AM, New Britain, Conn. St. Stephen’s Church, Ladies’ Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” featuring homemade Lahmajoon. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.